On July 5th the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the San Antonio Missions as a World Heritage site. According to UNESCO’S World Heritage, sites are defined as significant locations with outstanding universal value that meet at least one out of the organizations criteria.
San Antonio’s designation is the first location in Texas and the 23rd in the United States.
The 5 Spanish colonial Missions located along the San Antonio River, now find themselves in such company as The Great Wall of China, Palace and Park of Versailles, the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.
The nomination process began in 2006 and Bexar County officials believe that this will lead to a considerable increase in tourism for San Antonio. The acknowledgment is also expected to increase the local economy and jobs.
Way to go San Antonio!